What does Elizabeth Proctor say about Abigail in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller?


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In "The Crucible," Elizabeth accuses Abigail of having an affair with her husband John and banishes her from their home. Her accusation is correct, and John publicly admits to the affair. However, Elizabeth does not back him up, which ultimately causes the town to turn against him. As a result of Elizabeth's silence, John is executed.

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Abigail is also partly responsible for John's execution and Elizabeth's later incarceration. She is angered by John's refusal to carry on their affair, so she accuses Elizabeth of practicing witchcraft. Although Abigail is the root cause of the Proctors being cast out of society and put on trial, her actions are not exposed, and she suffers no repercussions.

"The Crucible" was written by Arthur Miller in 1953. The play takes place in a small town. As young girls start to become sick with a mysterious illness, Elizabeth is the first to bring up the possibility of witchcraft causing the illness. In reality, Abigail was with the girls who became sick, performing a ritual in the woods. However, she threatens the girls with harm if they tell anyone of their actions. The town then goes on a disastrous witch hunt that results in many innocent town residents being executed.

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